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Healing Walk


Currently in Nebraska, I am participating in the Ancestral Healing Walk from Rosebud, SD to Ft Laramie, WY culminating April 29th when we process into the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) treaty camp that will be gathering at the fort. It is a remembrance of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the 1868 Treaty with US government and Native American tribes. I write this as we begin the 11th day and 200+ miles of walking this beautiful land - for forgiveness of the actions of past generations that have so greatly impacted our US history and the continued healing for those who walk in the footsteps of their ancestors. I walk with the descendants of General William Harney and Little Thunder family.

As we began the walk, I witnessed a special ancient Lakota “Hunka” ceremony in which these Little Thunder descendants ‘adopted’ the man whose ancestor was responsible for taking the lives of their ancestors. “The ceremony binds each to his Hunka by ties of fidelity stronger than friendship, brotherhood, or family.” I was moved to tears by their tenderness and humility; I’ve watched these people journey these past few years, from fear of meeting one another to embracing one another and their shared history.

We continue expanding this unique intergenerational community, beginning and ending each day’s walk in circle with prayer and gratitudes for the day, deepening our relationships with one another, and honoring those loved ones who are ill or have died while on this walk. We bond with pure intentions for goodness, appreciation of our diversity and compassion for the challenges each experiences. It is a beautiful and blessed experience to listen and to speak authentically with open hearts. We cannot change the past events in our lives. However, we do have the potential to re-educate our-selves about our past-
to bring new perspectives to old wounds, to recognize the truth in both sides of the story, to stand in the tension of both, and in the midst of those
feelings to find wholeness and holiness.
I have so much gratitude for this opportunity to walk and pray alongside these people I call family, bound by the weaving of story, prayer, and love.

Mitakuye oyasin
all my relations

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